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Oklahoma: Urge the State Senate to Act on House Bill 2461

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Contact your state Senator TODAY

The Oklahoma Senate has yet to act on overriding Governor Mary Fallin’s (R) veto of the uncontroversial NRA-backed House Bill 2461, after the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override the veto last weekYour immediate help is needed to encourage the state Senate to act on this issue!

As previously reported, HB 2461 was sent to Governor Fallin for her signature following near unanimous passage in the Oklahoma Legislature.  In a surprising political move, the Governor vetoed this consensus legislation.  Authored in the House by state Representative Mike Turner (R-82) and in the Senate by state Senator Nathan Dahm (R-33), HB 2461 would require that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the transfer of any item regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) within fifteen days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.

Unfortunately, this legislation was misrepresented in the veto message.  Contrary to what was stated, HB 2461 would not attempt to regulate a federal agency, but instead would make an important policy improvement on the state level, designed to prevent an arbitrary personal bias from determining Oklahoma firearm policy.  This would ensure that qualified, law-abiding Oklahomans will not be denied their ability to legally possess and own items regulated under the NFA.

The reforms in HB 2461 benefit law-abiding Oklahomans by ensuring that the process to obtain NFA items already legal in Oklahoma remains consistent, fact-based and objective.

It is critical that you contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to follow in the House’s footsteps and vote to override the veto of HB 2461.  Respectfully urge him or her to work with the NRA to ensure this popular important policy improvement does not fall victim to political games.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

On behalf of our members, the NRA hopes to see this issue resolved in both legislative chambers this year, and will continue to work in every way towards a legislative victory for Oklahoma firearms owners.  Should the state Senate also act, Oklahoma would be the fifth state to enact this legislation this year, following Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Utah.

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